Seven advisers from Minas Gerais environmental review and discussion forums have resigned from their mandates in the face of harsh criticism of the state government. They took all the places indicated for environmental associations.
The decision was read out at a meeting of the State Council for Environmental Policy (Copam) this Thursday (November 17). Then they left the plenum as a single block.
Associations participating in Copam, the State Council for Water Resources (Cerh) and its commissions condemned that these bodies have become a platform for legitimizing the self-critical decisions of the government of Minas Gerais against the backdrop of abandoning the goals of protecting the environment.
Dalce Rikas, Amda superintendent and member of Copam, regrets what happened. “We are convinced that advisory councils with the participation of civil society are the pillars of true democracy. But the executive branch in Minas has turned Copam/Cerh into theaters and we can no longer legitimize that,” he said.
Among the reasons for the resignation are actions that led to fragmentation or dismantled current environmental policy and which allowed the licensing of enterprises with great environmental impact without sufficient research and without the necessary precautions regarding associated risks.
Among the actions – the dismantling of the collection of environmental compensation provided for by federal law; lack of tools to assess the impact of enterprises; failure to regulate or implement State Law No. 23 291/19, which provides for the collection of a deposit for the licensing of tailings facilities; concession for water use projects with high pollution potential🇧🇷 and not the creation of new units of conservation and complete protection over the past four years.
The letter also states that Minas Gerais deforestation champion the Atlantic Forest biome for six consecutive years and one of the most deforested areas of the Cerrado in recent years. Meanwhile, the state government shows no interest in measures to prevent this scenario, such as promoting “zero deforestation,” the organizations say.
“At the same time,” the letter says, “the government is internationally taking on carbon reduction and deforestation targets with no practical consequences.” The State Executive is present this week at COP 27 for presenting the Minas Gerais Climate Action Plan (PLAC-MG), which promises to be carbon neutral by 2050. One of the goals is to attract foreign investment.
In addition to the above failures, the letter denounces the unequal treatment between civil society organizations protecting the environment and commercial structures. The first decree forbade the re-election of one’s advisers. And the new Cherkhsky Regiment is demanding that environmental associations’ advisers be chosen by the government itself from a triple list.
“We will be ready to return and engage in dialogue through the Soviets with the state authorities and the private sector, when the government actually implements the above principle, respecting the constitutional principles of isonomy, citizenship, morality, political pluralism and impersonality, and above all the ability to dialogue and understanding that that society is more diverse than the corporate sectors,” the letter concludes.
Association for the Protection of the Environment of Minas Gerais (Amda), Association for the Social and Environmental Management of Tringo Mineiro, Association Pr Pouso Alegre (Appa), Espeleogroup Pains (EPA), Relictos Foundation in support of the Rio Doce Park, Institute of Guaqui and Verde Movement signed from Paracatu (Traffic).
Minas Gerais (Semad) State Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development was questioned by the report Condition of the minesbut hasn’t answered yet.
Gonçalo Valente, re-elected November 26 with 96% of the SDP activists in Beja, says the region “needs” to have social democrat-led city councils.
What made you re-run for president of the Beja constituency for the SDP?
I have never hidden the great love I have for my region, and as soon as possible I responded positively to the challenge of the SDP in the sense of helping the region in its weaknesses. This is exactly what I have been doing since 2019, with the activation of the JSD, several sections of the JSD district, the PSD section in Almodóvar, with the election of more representatives to the municipalities, with the restoration of many militants who were aloof from the participation policy. We also managed to reach a critical mass for a more active participation in the party. In short, I can say that the motive for my re-election was precisely the opportunity to continue the work that my team had already done and which was reflected in the percentage of votes that we were able to get in this election, 96%.
What is the highest priority for this mandate?
Unite people and ideals in the sense that we can create conditions for increasing political weight in the region from 2025. I believe that “the path is paved by walking”, and also that there is still much to be done in the area. At the moment we have many needs that need to be pointed out and it is vital that we continue to fight for them, among which I highlight the need for more continuing care units and the lack of health professionals. Our hospital is the only district hospital in the country that does not have an MRI machine. We have to improve the Beja airport and we need to electrify the railway. We need a motorway connection to Beja airport and we also need to benefit from the “triangulation” of Porto de Sines-Alqueva-Beja airport which is underused. Thus, it is a set of priorities that complement each other.
He says he wants to “leave the party where it deserves to be, run for election to win.” What is your strategy for this?
First of all, I must emphasize that I want to run for elections in order to win, exclusively for the region, and not power for the sake of power. PSD is the means by which we propose to improve the lives of the inhabitants of the Lower Alentejo. Therefore, we must always remember that a political party is the best tool we have at our disposal to better serve the people who are the true center of political action. My strategy involves a deep knowledge of the needs of the area, because only in this way can we arm ourselves with the most appropriate means to solve the problems and challenges that currently exist in the area, and there are quite a few of them. I intend, in line with what I have always done, to maintain a transparent and serious attitude so that people continue to trust us. Just as I believe more in field sociology than secretary storytelling, I also believe that in order to help people, we need to be closer to them. We have to experience their problems and really feel what people feel.
Do you think there will be conditions for the SDP to again lead the city council in the region in 2025?
Of course yes! I am sure of it, and I also feel that the region has such a need. And from what I’m diagnosing, people now more than ever are aware of this shortcoming.
In Beja, the SDP-led coalition serves as a “balance point” in the PS-led executive with the same number of advisers as the CDU. How do you rate the performance of Nuno Palma Ferro?
Councilman Nuno Palma Ferro, with nobility and great responsibility, performed the function, as he rightly said, “the keeper of the balance.” He showed great accessibility and commitment to someone who loves his land. Without departing from social democratic ideals, he managed to give priority to what his municipality really interests – its development.
Did Luis Montenegro bring new enthusiasm to the party?
Luis Montenegro showed himself as a leader close to the structures and bases of the SDP, but, in fact, to the Portuguese. He was sharply opposed, reacting in a timely manner to the actions as well as to the inertia of the government, often putting pressure on him to take measures that he considered necessary for the good of the country.
Looking at the region, what worries you the most?
Undoubtedly and in general terms, territorial discrimination! I’m talking about oblivion, for which the central government constantly votes for us. Sometimes it seems to me that Alentejo as a whole is part of another country, different from the one that so often lives only by three F’s: Fatima, Football and Fado. And what a sad fate we have that without stadiums and patrons we fall into oblivion so many times. From a practical point of view, my main concern is the exodus of people from rural areas, which is a direct consequence of the aging of the population and the decline in investment in the region.
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“He believed that there would be some change in the political scenario, in connection with demonstrations at the barracks and on the highways, but I think he realized that this was not possible,” expressed the opinion of a friend of the president who was with him last weekendat the graduation of cadets in Amana (Military Academy Agulhas Negras) in Rio, and who maintains frequent telephone contacts.
During the meeting, Vice President and Senator-elect Hamilton Murao urged Bolsonaro talk to your people, but the President left without speaking to supporters. According to the report, the closeness of Lula’s (PT) diplomacy as president-elect worsened Bolsonaro’s condition. UOL.
According to people close to him, the anticipation of Lula’s diplomacy, scheduled for December 12, made Bolsonaro feel even more depressed. “As the change of government approaches, he notes that the situation is irreversible,” said the politician, who was recently with the president.
The president’s isolation is also reflected in the virtual environment. As the WOL showsin November, Bolsonaro posted three times on Instagram and four times on Twitter and Facebook, in addition to abandoning the traditional Thursday life.
CARACAS (Reuters) – The Venezuelan opposition has asked President Nicolás Maduro’s government to set a date for the resumption of political talks in Mexico that could ease the country’s long economic and political crisis.
Delegates from the government and the opposition met in Mexico City on November 26 after more than a year’s break and signed a “social agreement” but did not announce a date when they would meet again. The opposition said it would meet with the ruling party in December.
The government is “setting new conditions to move forward on the political issue,” the opposition said in a Twitter statement released Saturday afternoon, but did not provide details of the new official requirements.
The head of the opposition delegation, Gerardo Blyde, said this week that the talks will enter a difficult phase, including political and human rights issues.
The Venezuelan Communications Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“We demand that Nicolás Maduro not delay the commitment made in Mexico and proceed immediately to set a date, during December, to continue negotiations on a political and free agenda, as agreed,” the opposition said.